Went on this cruise because our grandchildren and family friends had cruised Carnival before -- they persuaded us to come. THE SERVING STAFF WAS WONDERFUL, AND THE ENTERTAINERS WERE WARM AND ENTHUSIASTIC AS WE MET THEM AROUND THE SHIP.
This is a good ship for young children who will go to camp, or be well supervised by their family. The kids enjoyed the waterslides and like activities. The younger ones enjoyed the kids club - older ones not as much.
For my husband and me, the saving grace was the art auction with very interesting lectures. The Motor City show was fabulous - wonderful singing and dancing - fabulous energy. The Divas show was very loud, but great dancing. The farewell show was fair. The "juggler" had about 5 minutes of professional performance, otherwise he should have been a street performer! The comedy acts were terrible - both adults only and especially those meant for family.
Having the casino on both sides of a major walkway with SMOKING was in very poor taste. Children should not have to be exposed to that atmosphere.
Food was OK, but the specialty dishes in the main dining room lacked imagination, and the steaks were always tough and stringy. Very long lines for breakfast and for lunchtime at the Deli and Wok. Guy's Burgers was very efficient, and tasty. The pizza was also a winner.
Over all, Carnival is a party ship, with party atmosphere, and not much intellectual stimulation except for the art lecture. Guess you know needs of the major population.